Executive Director | Piedmont Business Capital
Wilson Lester is a partnership and program management professional. His role as Executive Director of Piedmont Business Capital (a CDFI), works diligently to create relationships with businesses in urban and rural communities through microlending in support of the operational expansion and new business development for women and minority entrepreneurs. With a strong track record of new program development, he has cultivated an attraction of capital and partners that has secured more than $1 million in impact capital for the Piedmont Triad since 2016. With a unique ability to effectively communicate and demonstrate value to public and private partners, Wilson continues to increase the scalability of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for his community. Having built multiple successful companies, Wilson has relevant experience in developing small businesses. Wilson is a transformative leader having made inter-organizational teams and systems to deploy capital and technical assistance programs. These efforts have grown the Guilford County tax base by $5 million by sustaining and creating jobs in our community employed by small businesses. As an emerging community leader, Wilson serves on the board of directors for the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Reinvestment Partners (Durham, NC), and Greensboro Literary Organization. Also, he is an active member of Greensboro Rotary, and the Tau Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2018, he was recognized as a 40 under 40 in the Triad Business Journal and nominated by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business Advocate of the Year. He is also a member of the Leadership Greensboro 2018 Class. In addition to his commitment to the community, he continues to increase his depth of knowledge in leadership as a member of the Center for Creative Leadership’s 2019 Executive Leadership Academy cohort. Wilson earned his bachelor of Business Administration from Greensboro College and completed his graduate degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership at Michigan State University. Wilson resides in Greensboro with his Wife and two Daughters.
About Piedmont Business Capital
Creating shared economic prosperity through equitable lending and investment is our purpose. Piedmont Business Capital envisions financially strong culturally vibrant communities where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, healthy food, and economic opportunities. Through flexible financial products and sound advice, we create opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize communities in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Job creation is essential to us. We want outcomes that create value for our community and vitality to our neighborhoods. That means families are earning an income that is reaching the self-sufficiency standards for our community and beyond. In 2018 our capital deployments to small businesses sustained or created 102 jobs. This hallmark of 2018 is extraordinary for several reasons. The first being that we helped several businesses employ others and many employed themselves when there were few to no other options. While creating individual value, we are also building public economic security by developing the local tax base that supports our shared infrastructure. Accomplishing job creation through equitable lending creates more allies that can contribute to these goals with capital and technical support.
Did you know?
“Small businesses make up: 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms, 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs, 49.2 percent of private-sector employment, 42.9 percent of private-sector payroll, 46 percent of private-sector output, 43 percent of high-tech employment, 98 percent of firms exporting goods, and 33 percent of exporting value It’s a privilege to work with this group.”